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Betfair suffers DNS attack

Online betting exchange Betfair found itself the victim of a DNS attack by a group of hackers calling themselves "TurkGuvenligi".

Betfair, which was not the only website victimized in the attack, with The Telegraph, Acer, National Geographic, UPS, The Register and Vodaphone also falling victim. The sites, which were down for around three hours saw visitors redirected to a page that read, "We TurkGuvenligi declare this day as World Hackers Day - Have Fun ;)."

A Betfair spokesperson commented on the attack saying, "The Betfair site itself was unaffected and we do not believe that customers were at risk as a result of the incident. The tech and security teams have been working with Netnames and are monitoring the situation closely".

The Guardian Newspaper conducted an interview with the hacker group, whose name translates to "Turkish Security League". In the interview, which was held on twitter, the hackers stated, "We usually choose some big targets and find a way to access them. Sometimes it takes months, but harder makes it funnier ;)".

According to reports, a DNS attack does not compromise customer data or the targeted website itself, but instead redirects visitors to a different URL which is chosen by the hackers.

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6 September 2011 - 1:01pm

Good for the company that the customers were not affected by the attack, seems that the hackers did not have cruel intentions, otherwise they'd use all the customer information database for their own sake..

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7 September 2011 - 12:05am

Yes actually the headline is a bit misleading so I have reworded it. From what I can tell from this the Betfair site itself was not compromised in any way. Instead the DNS servers that tell your computer where to go when you request a website by name were hacked and records altered to force you to go to an entirely different website. It could have been a whole lot nastier though if the hackers had created a fake Betfair website that looked identical...

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21 September 2011 - 12:11pm

I've found a website just like youtube recently, I was shocked when I found out it was a scam! The website looked just like youtube! even more like than the youtube itself! It seems to be a common practice for the hackers.....

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